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Friday, June 9th, 2017


S’pore drops out of top 20 list of world’s most expensive cities for expats

  The weakening Singapore dollar has made the city-state less expensive for expatriates. Singapore has fallen out of the top 20 list of the most expensive cities in the world, moving six notches down from 18th place last year to 24th in this year’s cost of living survey by ECA International, reported Channel NewsAsia. Topping the list is Angola’s Luanda followed by Hong Kong, Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Nonetheless, Singapore remained the 10th most expensive city within the Asia Pacific region, with Hong Kong taking the lead, followed by Tokyo, Seoul,Read More

Malaysia tourism tax to be enforced from July, not August: Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will begin imposing its tourism tax from July and not August as reported earlier, according to Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday (Jun 8). An earlier announcement on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website stated the tourism tax would kick in from Aug 1. The webpage with details on the tax has been taken down. Mr Nazri also shot down a news report which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed. “The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance withRead More

Man jailed for trying to pass driving test with S$200 bribe

SINGAPORE: A 41-year-old man was sentenced to three weeks’ jail on Thursday (Jun 8) for attempting to bribe his way through his driving test. Yang Qiang, a Chinese national, tried to give S$200 to his driving tester at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre on Feb 22, in exchange for a passing grade in the practical test, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a news release. This was for a Class 3 driving licence. The tester did not accept the bribe and the matter was referred to CPIB. “CPIB takesRead More